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Ref: CK-64 Longcase Clock
Clockmaker/By : John Baddeley Webster of Shrewsbury.
Duration: 8 Day.
Circa : 1800.
Height : 84 inches excl finials.
Oak and Mahogany Swan necks with original brass paterae and splats to rear of hood.
Brass capped reeded pillars to hood repeated as full round pillars to trunk sides.
Long trunk mahogany cross banded door with dome top and inlaid Conch shell.
Canted corners to base with applied panel and bracket feet.
Width at widest point 19.75" (Hood)
12" x 17" painted arch dial featuring bird, fruit and flowers in arch and geometric pattern spandrels with man in a boat, Matching steel hour / minute hands.
Seconds and calendar dials.
The name appearing on the dial is 'John Webster Salop' but the maker is listed as 'John Baddeley Webster of ' as explained below.
Robert Webster, the father of John Baddeley Webster, was the son-in-law of the famous clockmaker John Baddeley of Tong and Albrighton and he incorporated the Baddeley name into his son's Christian name. Robert Webster of Shifnal ( Shropshire) was also a clockmaker and had married Martha Baddeley in 1776.
Salop is a softened version of the old English name of Shropshire created by the Normans. Salop can also mean the county town name of Shrewsbury.
John Webster's working dates in Shrewsbury were 1796 - 1829. The son of Robert and his wife Martha he was baptised 10 February 1779 at Shifnal. He set up as a clockmaker in his own right in Dog Lane (now Claremont St) in 1796 and from 1812 - 14 was in High Street. In1817 he succeeded his father's business in Mardol. He married Mary Roberts on 12 November 1804 at Baschurch and son James was born in 1805. His wife died in 1837.
Admitted a Burgess of Shrewsbury in 1807. John Webster, clockmaker, of Mardol died on 16 December 1829 in his 51st year after a severe illness - as reported in the Salopian Journal 24 December 1829.
James Webster: Following his father's death son James moved the family business away from Mardol to Milk Street. His death on 19 August 1871 marked the end of a family concern dating from 1740 through four generations as his son James Baddeley Webster became an accountant and not a clockmaker following in his famous great - grandfather's footsteps.
Guarantee : 12 months.
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